Legendary voice actor succumbed to heart disease on November 29, 2019
According to an official statement from Aooni Productions, the talent company representing Inoue, the actor succumbed to a worsening of chronic angina pectoris on November 29, 2019.
これからお出かけ（自宅玄関前） pic.twitter.com/kwl6KwTQqP— 井上真樹夫Maquio Inoue=伊能絵巻Emaqui Inou公式 (@InoueMaquio) August 28, 2018
(Above: A Tweet from the official Makio Inoue Twitter feed, featuring a photo of the actor standing in front of his home.)
Born in 1938, Inoue began his acting career in 1954 and branched into voice acting in the 1960's. Beginning in 1977, he was the second actor to portray Ishikawa Goemon XIII in Lupin the Third, a role which he continued until 2011. (Chikao Ōtsuka was the first actor to play Goemon, while Daisuke Namikawa currently voices the character.)
Inoue was also the first actor to portay Harlock in Captain Harlock, and his other roles include Mitsuru Hanagata in Star of the Giants and Riki Jinguuji in Brave Raideen.
Rest in peace, Mr. Inoue.
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